Birgit Højstrup, MSc, Environmental Biology, is a highly experienced principal consultant, based in Copenhagen, Denmark.  She brings almost 30 years of experience in the environmental consulting field with a focus on environmental liability assessment and management. Birgit currently directs many international projects, including fast track transaction related assignments for multinationals and financial institutions.

She has worked extensively on vendors, mergers and acquisitions ranging from large multi site cross-boarder transactions to smaller venture capital-type investments for small and medium enterprises. Birgit has a detailed understanding of the transaction process and can provide options and remedies for many environmental as well as health and safety issues as they arise, within the specific context of the transaction. She is experienced in addressing the EHS liabilities from the technical solutions to the incorporation into warranties or insurances.

This due diligence work has enabled Birgit to gain knowledge of a range of sectors including: energy (oil, gas and renewables); food; pharmaceutical; waste management; chemicals; engineering; general manufacturing; transport infrastructure and finance. Additionally she has worked on portfolios of real estate transactions.

Birgit has been involved with the CAT Alliance since its inception over 15 years ago, and has advised on numerous national and international transactions, managing and working as part of global project teams.


Office: +45 40 56 00 00
Mobile: +45 40 45 56 26

Selected references

FLSmidth: EHS Vendor due diligence on Cembrit;
Project manager and quality assurance for the multisite portfolio on one of the leading distributors and manufacturers of fibre-cement products in Europe. Czech, Poland, Finland, Hungary and Italy, 2015

EQT: EHS Vendor due diligence on NORD Group A/S
Project director on transaction services in the vendor process for NORD Group A/S the largest hazardous waste treatment facility in Denmark. EHS phase I reports for the multisite portfolio (8 sites) including the oily water business and the old landfill for the residues. A major focus area was the safety report for the Seveso site and the implementation of new fire safety regulation for the large-scale storage of flammable waste products. Denmark, 2015

Nordic Capital: Acquisition due diligence of Færch Plast A/S
Assessment of the environmental liabilities based on data room review and site visits. Denmark, U.K. and Czech Republic, 2014

Kelsen Group: Vendor due diligence services for Kelsen Group
EHS auditing at three large industrial bakery sites, rectify outstanding issues and quantifying financial impact to the transaction. Demark, 2013

FLSmidth: Acquisition advice on the purchase of Ludowici
A multisite acquisition of a portfolio of manufacturing sites (17 sites) within the Ludowici enterprise one of Australia’s most established manufacturing brands specialising in world-class minerals processing and materials handling equipment. The work was performed under tremendous time constrains in a very competitive bidding process. Australia, U.S., Chile, India, China and South Africa, 2012 Acquisition of 10 large power networks (132 kV)
Project managing an acquisition process involving both environmental liabilities and technical issues on a privatisation of the power network (132 kV) of 10 regional power supply companies. Denmark, 2012

Gluma Holding A/S: EHS Vendor on Glud & Marstrand A/S
EHS due diligence of the 9 manufacturing sites in Glud & Marstrand A/S. The company is producing metal packaging solutions for the food industry. Denmark, Sweden, China and the U.S., 2011

Merger of Swedish March and Scandinavian Tobacco Group
Phase I environmental and health and safety due diligence of 20 production sites across the world in 8 different countries. The diverse portfolio comprised all stages from tobacco plantations and fermenting facilities, manual cigar manufacturing and to the most modern tobacco manufacturing facility in Europe. The transaction advice was tailored to suit the merger structure. Worldwide, 2010